When Peter Joyce realized how many Maine civilians and law-enforcement officers could benefit from learning fundamental firearm skills that would protect them in life-threatening scenarios, he decided to start Weaponcraft. Since its founding in 1993, Weaponcraft’s staff of Special Response Team and SWAT operators and instructors have imbued novice and expert pupils with the same training that military personnel receive. From an introductory firearms class to courses specializing in advanced tactical techniques, each small class includes plenty of individual attention to ensure each student leaves with improved firearm comfort, knowledge, and skills.
Inspired by a childhood spent in the outdoors and his self-professed obsession with Maine?s woods, lakes, rivers, and streams, Richard Yvon eventually achieved his dream of becoming a registered Maine guide. So he and his wife Maryanne established Twin Maple Outdoors, and follow a credo "to provide all people the opportunity to enjoy Maine's outdoors" when leading hunting, fishing, and recreational outings. Immersed in the beauty of central Maine, groups head out for a single day of fishing on the lake, or multiday camping trips on the dirt lake, otherwise known as land. Visitors can also take a leisurely float down the Penobscot River to observe eagles, black bear, and river otter in their natural habitat, or learn to ice-fish in a warmed hut during colder months.
Maine Tactical features an indoor range, so students can practice what they learn in NRA firearms classes directly onsite.
At Maine Tactical, instructors lead an array of classes, including NRA-approved sessions on pistol use and personal protection in the home as well as courses on hunter safety and cleaning automatic rifles. When not helping their guests improve their marksmanship, the team mans a pro shop that, as a Glock Blue Label dealer, extends exclusive benefits to law enforcement, military personnel, and state-licensed security officers. Maine Tactical's staff also includes armorers for manufacturers such as Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson, which means the staff can complete custom builds such as hunting scopes.
Helmed by Joshua and Jessica White, the defense experts of Western Maine Property Protection apply their experience in law enforcement to help citizens to protect their homes with security services as well as by teaching self-defense strategies. Claiming multiple training credentials that include NRA certifications, instructors lead classes in firearms and self-defense training to help individuals to operate firearms safely and feel confident in their strengths.
Should locals desire security protection for businesses or homes, the staff also extends its expertise to securing property, dispatching armed officers to check in on properties. To further enhance its services, Western Maine's team also helps clients to get discounts on ADT Security Services products, including monitoring systems that disable intruders through passive-aggressive remarks about their life choices.
North American Outdoor Adventures introduces adventurers to the thrills of the great outdoors with both land and sea outings. Whitewater-rafting excursions splash through the notoriously choppy waters of the Kennebec, Deerfield, and Dead rivers. For a more laid-back experience, North American’s kayak tours, dazzle eyes with gorgeous scenery while shepherding kayakers down mild sections of the Dead and Kennebec rivers or along the calm shoreline of Moxie Pond.
Hiking trips through the Appalachian Trail can take away your breath with dazzling mountaintop views of azure rivers and Moxie Falls, the highest waterfall in Maine. Other popular types of land-based recreation include ATV tours and ballroom dancing with wild deer.